Holy Rosary Parish is located in Portugal Cove, just past the Ferry Terminal to Bell Island, over-looking the ocean. Its grounds contains the church, Parish hall and the Parish house. Holy Rosary Parish is one of the oldest parishes on the island and has a colorful history of cooperation, generosity and at times, hardship. From our most humble beginnings, our Parish Priests and parishioners alike have always given themselves to make Holy Rosary a benevolent, friendly and devoted Christian Community – a community in which we are proud to live and worship.
The Parish of Holy Rosary includes the communities of Portugal Cove, St Philip’s and Airport Heights on the Avalon Peninsula of the Island of Newfoundland. In 1833, Reverend Troy built the first Roman Catholic Church in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s at Beachy Cove. In 1915, Father Ashley decided to replace Father Troy’s church with the current structure in Portugal Cove. Thanks to two knowledgeable carpenters, Thomas White and Patrick Hynes, along with many hours of volunteer labour from the community, the structure is still standing in Portugal Cove today.
Along with gathering to worship, the parishioners of Holy Rosary live together, work together, go to school together, play together and join together for generous works of charity. The community of Portugal Cove-St. Phillip’s has always been a close knit community with the precept of ‘love (and help) thy neighbor’ steeped in the parish’s rich history. Our parish was built on acts of charity, selflessness and generosity to our own and to others who would need our help.